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Wednesday Headlines: Are You Randy?

Chicago Cubs pitcher Randy Wells delivers against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Wrigley Field in Chicago on August 22, 2010.   UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom

Remember all the talk last spring from Randy Wells about there being no sophomore slump? Then remember how he pitched during 2010? April started off fine, then he went to slump town.
But after beating the D'Backs on April 30, Wells did not record another victory until July 3, even though he did post a pair of 8-plus-inning quality starts along the way.

The killer was the first inning: On May 6, he gave up 5 runs in the first at Pittsburgh; On May 28, he never retired a batter, and the Cardinals scored 5 runs on 6 hits in the top of the first at Wrigley. On June 6, the Astros scored 3 in the first at Houston. By that time, Randy no longer would address the subject of his first-inning blues.

After putting up that nice record in April, he was 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in May and 0-3 with a 6.14 ERA in June. The ERA was 1.83 in July, and by then, Randy was talking about the sophomore jinx or whatever you want to call it.

So, Bruce Miles, what do you see from Randy Wells in the future?

At his best, Wells looks like a nice No. 4 or No. 5 starter, a guy who doesn't have the greatest of stuff but who can throw some innings. After pitching 165 big-league innings (plus 26 at Iowa) in 2009, Wells almost cracked the 200 mark this year, pitching 194.1. He turned in 18 of the Cubs' 96 quality starts.

Any Bill James projections?

Fangraphs now is running the Bill James projections for 2011. James projects Wells at 11-12 with a 4.12 ERA in 201 innings pitched.

I can live with that.
In the continuing Ryno saga, Dallas Green is apparently representing Mr. Sandberg.

"I would think he would make a great fit for us," Green told the Phillies' Web site. "We raised him. He's been let down by Chicago a good bit. He's a little bit bitter about that. ... When he didn't get the job, I called him and commiserated with him. I knew he was disappointed. I still personally think he should be a big league guy if that's what he really wants to do. I love the guy. He's got a great work ethic. I haven't watched him, but I think he's going to be a good teacher."


And finally, fourthmeal didn't turn out well for three Wrigleyvillians.

Three people were shot this morning near a Taco Bell in the Wrigleyville neighborhood.


Officers and paramedics responded about 12:30 a.m. to the 1100 block of West Addison Street just west of Wrigley Field and found three men with gunshot wounds. Police said they were standing outside when a gunman approached on foot and shot them.  

Preliminary reports said one victim,19, sustained an ankle wound. Another victim, also 19, was shot in the elbow and both legs. A third victim, 20, was shot in the ankle, said Police News Affairs Officer Ron Gaines. 

All three  were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where they were reported in good condition.



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Doc said:

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Randy Wells looks a little blurry to me.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Is this the effect of celebrating too much about Joe Morgan not being on SNB anymore??

Doc said:

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Either that, or Randy has a hangover from staying out too late last night.

JulieDiCaro said:

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no. that's how he looks.*

(*please identify movie)

Doc said:

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I'm guessing it wasn't Harry Potter.

Doc said:

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Dammit...now you've got me stumped...I know I've heard this recently too.

Doc said:

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I GOT IT!!!

A League of Their Own! On the bus...right?

JulieDiCaro said:

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ding! ding! ding!

flyball said:

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maybe the Cubs are boycotting high def, like when the celebrities got pissed at the awards ceremonies

sloan peterson said:

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Can't tell- as usual, the photo is being blocked here at work...
First thought when I saw the headline"Are you Randy?" was I didn't know how much sharing went on in this blog.....

Edelweiss said:

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Maybe HE was the source of Corey Miller's weed.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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I take Randy staying out too late. I mean, it is the off-season. Then again, his season was completely off!

Doc said:

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I'm fairly sure Randy's behavior in that regards doesn't change too much during the season.

JulieDiCaro said:

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I have nothing to say about anything today.

Maybe we'll get lucky and some other horrible sports announcer will get fired today, though Joe Morgan was kinda the Mona Lisa of terrible announcer firings.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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Don't get too happy, Julie. We do cheer for the Cubs and they could mess around and hire Joe Morgan. They have made such ignorant decisions before.

flyball said:

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&$*)@#&*)%@! are Len and Bob still under contract? please say yes

Cubs Psychologist said:

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FB, they are.

flyball said:

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you scared me for a second, I had flashes of listening to Morgan talk about how much better he was than Ron Santo, then Santo throwing a microphone at him

JulieDiCaro said:

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"sources" say the NCAA is about to suspend Cam Newton. If true. . .Whoa.

flyball said:

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and that sounds is the mad dash of everyone changing their college picks this week

Doc said:

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Go Boise State!!!

plamorte said:

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Cubs talking Fukudome for Dice-K swap in multi-player deal?

Doc said:

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It wouldn't be an offseason if the Cubs weren't looking to trade a right fielder for an underachieving, oft-injured pitcher.

Cubs Psychologist said:

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In the words of the great 90's party anthem from Montell Jordan, "This is how we do it!!"

flyball said:

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eh, there are worse trades out there

Doc said:

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Daisuke is probably a smaller risk than Silva was...but if the Cubs are trying to shed big contracts, having Daisuke for 2 years at $10 million a season compared to $13 million to Kosuke for one season doesn't seem to make a whole lot of sense unless the Cubs are looking to flip Daisuke.

Doc said:

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Byrd...no Gold Glove.

plamorte said:

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Victorino, called it.

Edelweiss said:

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Castro didn't get one, so they wouldn't let Byrd have one.

baturkey said:

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Boo, I thought this post was going to be about Carl deciding to attend Randy Hundley's fantasy camp.

JulieDiCaro said:

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And we haven't all chipped in to make this happen yet WHY?

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